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Ideal Body Types in 9 Countries

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Ideal Body Types in 9 Countries

By Kate Carter, DivineCaroline

America’s on a yo-yo diet and it’s ugly. It seems there isn’t much of a happy medium between all-you-can-eat buffet lovers with bursting bellies and image-obsessed scale jumpers who dip leaves into a drop of balsamic vinegar and call it a meal.

We are an obese nation with a high rate of eating disorders. Our schizophrenia hit home the other week when two teachers at my son’s daycare, weighing in for an employee “biggest loser” competition modeled after the reality television show, cooed over his ample thighs and told me they hope I have a “fat little baby girl” one day.

Five Reality Shows That Inspire

We’re confused, we’re too fat, and we’re too image-obsessed. We’ve got it all wrong, so I decided to look into what is going on in other regions of the world—from Tonga to Toulouse, France. There are some inspirational examples, and some scary ones, too.

Spain—Power to the Pear-Shaped
The Spanish government recently measured the bodies of more than 10,000 women to help create new guidelines for the clothing industry. The government is trying to promote a healthy body image and recalibrate current sizes, which are based on pre-1975 models. According to a WeNews story, the study concluded “that Spanish women come in three basic shapes—hourglass, pear, and barrel—which consumer advocates say should serve as a more accurate base for sizing.” It’s not rocket science, but it’s a step in the right direction.

France—Crack Down on Skinny
The French parliament is working on a bill that would levy fines and possible prison sentences on those who encourage “extreme thinness.” Wonder what the French prisons will look like if that bill comes to fruition …

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5:44PM PST on Feb 17, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

12:31AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

It's ridiculous that people are criticized for being a size two.

3:23AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:48PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

health and beauty comes in various shapes and sizes, even a size 12, or 22...not just size 2.

2:21PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

Interesting info on cultural values and prejudices.

6:32AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Interesting article. It's good to know. Thanks for posting.

12:06PM PDT on May 20, 2011

interesting perspectives.

6:40AM PDT on May 19, 2011

I love my body! To each his/her own...

8:09AM PDT on May 9, 2011

so it is good to be 300 pounds at 18 years of age in some places? and we should be the same?

6:05AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

The Zealand story made my eyes bug out.

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